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Our company history: From the garage to the Googleplex

The history of Google began at Stanford University in 1995. Larry Page considered studying at Stanford University and Sergey Brin, who was already a student, should show him around the campus.

According to some accounts, they could hardly agree on anything during their first meeting - but they began working together the following year. In their dorm rooms, they developed a search engine that used links to determine the importance of individual websites on the World Wide Web, and called it BackRub.

A short time later, BackRub was (luckily!) Renamed Google. This name is based on a play on words with the mathematical name for the number 1 with 100 zeros and stands for Brin and Page's mission to organize the world's information and make it accessible and usable for everyone at all times.

Over the next few years, not only did the academic world begin to take an interest in Google, but investors in Silicon Valley also became aware of the search engine. In August 1998, Andreas von Bechtolsheim, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, wrote Brin and Page a check for $ 100,000. Google Inc. has been officially registered. Thanks to this investment, the newly registered company moved from the dormitory to its first office - the garage of Susan Wojcicki (Employee No. 16 and currently CEO of YouTube) in Menlo Park, California. Clunky desktop computers, a ping pong table and bright blue carpeting now dominated the work from the early morning to the late evening hours. The tradition of a colorful work environment continues to this day.

At Google things were rather unconventional from the start: The first server was built from Lego bricks, and the first "Doodle" (1998) consisted of a stick figure in the logo that told visitors to the website that the entire team had taken time off went to the Burning Man Festival. Our motto "Do no evil" and "Our ten principles" reflect our unconventional methods. In the years that followed, the company began to expand rapidly, hiring IT specialists, building a sales team and welcoming Yoshka, the first Google dog to the team. The garage quickly became too small, and Google moved to its current headquarters, the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. The desire to do things differently went with it. And so is Yoshka.

The incessant search for better answers is still the focus of everything we do. Google now employs over 60,000 people in 50 different countries and manufactures hundreds of products that are used by billions of people worldwide, from YouTube to Android to Gmail and of course Google Search. Although we got rid of the Lego servers and bought a few more dogs, one thing has not changed on our way from the garage to the Googleplex to this day: We want to continue developing technologies for everyone.